An account in Copperopolis has some smallish trees in the back yard.
Maple (that appears to be dead)
The Fuji apple has sapsucker damage. But what might be causing the gaps at the branching off points?
The maple appears to have started to bud, and then died.
The black on the trunk is the result of excessive spraying she did to control borers, which is what she thought was the issue.
Ryles found this weed in a gravel driveway in Pine Mt Lake. It has a tiny root, and lots of needle-shaped, flexible leaves growing from the base. We took photos of it and sent them to Scott Oneto, Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension. Scott replied back, saying it was narrow leaved miner’s lettuce, Claytonia parviflora. This plant was hard to ID, in this state. Had the flowers been out, it would have easy, as the flowers are so distinctive.
Marty Mills brought in two very large specimens of what appeared be huge lacewings. A customer in the Saddle Creek area gave them to him for identification, in Mid-February 2021. Ryder Richards then transferred the specimens to me.
Surprised by their large size, I asked Dr. Lynn Kimsey of the US Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology, for help with the ID. Based on photographs, she said it was its one of the giant lacewings in the genus Polystoechotes, probably punctata, and that they are not often seen.
We’ll be sending the specimens to Dr, Kimsey to add to the museum’s collections.
Here are some photographs.
A resident in Columbia Mobile Park had a storage shed adjacent to her home, and adjacent to the shed was a large ponderosa pine. There was a toaster oven box, containing the packing styrofoam, still in it.
Pine tree ants had moved a small satellite colony into the box, and were excavating a nesting site in the styrofoam block. Photos below.
Sample brought in to the office by Ryder Richards.